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New Years Service for 2007

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1-1-2006 New Year's Sunday Service of the Church Within #480
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th 1996

Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
During a visit to the insane asylum, a visitor asked the director what criteria was used to determine whether a person should be institutionalized.

"Well" said the director, "we fill a bathtub with water and offer the patient a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket and ask them to empty the tub".

OK, here's your test:
1. would you use the spoon? or

2. would you use the teacup? or

3. would you use the bucket?

"Oh, I understand" said the visitor. " A normal person would use the bucket as it is larger than the spoon or the cup."

"Nooooooo," replied the director. "A normal person would pull the drain plug."

(You aren't required to tell anyone how you scored on this test.)

Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within.

Well… Happy New Year Everyone! May 2006 be better than 2005 for all of us!

The topic of today's New Year's Sunday Service, #480, is “The ultimate security…” and a “Happy New…!!!”

(From: H. Stanley Judd)
The ultimate security is your understanding of reality.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-131 Section-1)
        "If the faith of the Most High has entered your heart, then shall you abide free from fear throughout all the days of your life. Fret not yourself because of the prosperity of the ungodly; fear not those who plot evil; let the soul turn away from sin and put your whole trust in the God of salvation. The weary soul of the wandering mortal finds eternal rest in the arms of the Most High; the wise man hungers for the divine embrace; the earth child longs for the security of the arms of the Universal Father. The noble man seeks for that high estate wherein the soul of the mortal blends with the spirit of the Supreme

(From: Helen Hayes (1900 - 1993)
Every human being on this earth is born with a tragedy, and it isn't original sin. He's born with the tragedy that he has to grow up. That he has to leave the nest, the security, and go out to do battle. He has to lose everything that is lovely and fight for a new loveliness of his own making, and it's a tragedy. A lot of people don't have the courage to do it.

(From: Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)
If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.

(From: Abraham - 7/3/02 – The Woods Cross, UT TeaM at IC'02)
Spiritual knowledge does not make one individual any more valued than another. To have that spiritual security brings new confidence to be in the world with an eye single to the glory of God. There is not any spiritual practice really that can make you have more faith. There are many rituals mortals perform hoping to invoke Gods presence. I am saying God's presence is there already--no matter what--no more, no less. It matters not the time or mind-set. He is always there. It is your willingness to allow what you think you want and need to dissolve that will bring you more spiritual security, more cosmic connection.

(From: H. Stanley Judd)
The ultimate security is your understanding of reality.

(From: Pearl S. Buck)
The lack of emotional security of our American young people is due, I believe, to their isolation from the larger family unit. No two people - no mere father and mother - as I have often said, are enough to provide emotional security for a child. He needs to feel himself one in a world of kinfolk, persons of variety in age and temperament, and yet allied to himself by an indissoluble bond which he cannot break if he could, for nature has welded him into it before he was born.

(From: Ham 5/25/92 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
        In the road of life often are there hard and unsure pathways. There are unsteady footholds. There are rocks which give out beneath our feet. Where we thought we were safe is not always so. Understand that your concepts of security and safety may be based on illusion. For what is true security? What constitutes a balanced, safe, secure, strong existence? Is it not centered on the good Spirit of our Father, who guides us and shows us the path to the noble exercise of faith and security?
        Security, safety, is not found in this world. I say to you, all this material world existence is but dust. All your wealth, all your fame and glory will not carry you beyond the grave. All - you leave behind. Yes. Surely as I speak, all of this world is but dust and much of what you perceive to be secure is crumbling even now.
        I am not advocating the giving up of your material wealth and security. No, not at all. However, I do mean to show that this is not your true security, for what matters it to a man of true faith if all things earthly crumble. He who has real and abiding faith and strength is secure in his knowledge of truth and reality. This knowledge precedes and supersedes all of the material world.

(From: H. Stanley Judd)
The ultimate security is your understanding of reality.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-196 Section-3)
Jesus revealed and exemplified a religion of love: security in the Father's love, with joy and satisfaction consequent upon sharing this love in the service of the human brotherhood.

(From: Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)
The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-160 Section-1)
        Successful living is nothing more or less than the art of the mastery of dependable techniques for solving common problems. The first step in the solution of any problem is to locate the difficulty, to isolate the problem, and frankly to recognize its nature and gravity. The great mistake is that, when life problems excite our profound fears, we refuse to recognize them. Likewise, when the acknowledgment of our difficulties entails the reduction of our long-cherished conceit, the admission of envy, or the abandonment of deep-seated prejudices, the average person prefers to cling to the old illusions of safety and to the long-cherished false feelings of security. Only a brave person is willing honestly to admit, and fearlessly to face, what a sincere and logical mind discovers.

(From: John Dryden (1631 - 1700)
the man, and happy he alone,
who can call today his own:
who, secure within, can say,
To-morrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.

(From: Ham 5/25/92 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
        Father, who walks with each of us is always concerned over your true welfare and will never, ever forsake His children. You are all carefully looked after and watched over and cared for within His great eternal arms. He who is the maker of all reality, brings you to Himself and to the truth of this fount of all that is. Within each child, the good spirit is and is becoming in life. Often all the cares of the world are so overwhelming - that we who are, or once were, part of this dust - conceive that it may overwhelm and overcome us. How untrue. How false. What a lie is this.
        Yes. You who see, who have insight into true reality, must exercise this living faith to get you through these times of transition and trouble. Yes. You must show within and without to others that you can and do rely upon the living God and the Spirit of Truth for your true security, happiness, welfare, and progress.
        Transitions are so very difficult in their uncertainty. Uncertainty, causes the material mind to fear and fear can be deadly to spiritual progress. Always must we look to the Father in these times of difficulty - uncertain futures. Yes, indeed. Even when we are uncertain of ourselves, certain can we be of God.

(From: H. Stanley Judd)
The ultimate security is your understanding of reality.

The Sermon
Even though it is but the next day after yesterday, there is something about the first day of “The New Year” that brings on a unique sense of Anticipation… Hopefulness… perhaps even of Determination. It almost seems sometimes as if opening a door into a new and unexplored room. At the turn of the New Year, the potential for something Better (at least than last year), is still alive and well in the heart of most.

What if…

Instead of “Happy New Year” it was…

“Happy New Day!”

What if… waking up Each Morning brought on that, “unique sense of Anticipation… Hopefulness… perhaps even of Determination?”

What if… the beginning of Each Day was like “opening a door into a new and unexplored room?”

What if… a realization of “the potential for something Better” greeted you each and Every Dawn?

What if… my morning Prayer/Meditation was, “I wish to be a little bit more Knowledgeable… Understanding… Wiser… more Caring… Compassionate… more Loving Today, than I was yesterday.”?

What if… my Eagerness for a “New Day” was equal to my eagerness toward a “New Year”?

Do you think that my life would change for the better?
Do you think that Yours would?

So… what does any of this have to do with your own personal “ultimate security”?

Perhaps nothing.
Perhaps Everything…

“Happy New Day!!!”

The Prayer
Dear God,
        My Faith and Trust in Your Infinite Wisdom, Watchcare and Love is my Security… it is a Profound feeling of security that None can take away from me.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal

The Creator's Infinite Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel


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